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Arthur Bullock, Bladen County Commissioner and organizer of the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Parade made an exciting announcement. This year the professional boxer, James “Bonecrusher” Smith is the Grand Marshall for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.

According to Smith’s website, James Smith, nicknamed “Bonecrusher”, is a native of Magnolia, North Carolina (Duplin County).  He is a graduate of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, the class of 1975.  James played basketball and football at Shaw University.  James helped establish the N.C. Boxing Commission and served as its first chairman.

He won the World Boxing Association Heavyweight Title in 1986 with a first round knockout of Tim Witherspoon on a seven day notice from promoter Don King.  James became the first college graduate to win the heavyweight title.  James was inducted into the Carolina’s Boxing Hall of Fame in April 2007.  He currently lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

James B. Smith is the founder and chairman of the board of Champion For Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that mentors kids around the world. To find out more visit his website: http://www.championforkids.org

Don’t miss your chance to see this famous Boxer in person! The parade is scheduled for Monday, January 21, 2019. The parade starts 11:00 a.m. beginning at 805 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown NC.

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